Still On G.O.A.T. Status
Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997)
Rest In Power…
BIG has always been one of TSR‘s favorite artists. We can literally listen to any song, any LP, any mixtape of his flow at any given day or time and it will always sound new and fresh to us. Plus we dig the fact he took one of his monikers (Biggie Smalls) from a character in one of our favorite 70′s movies “Let’s Do It Again” played by Calvin Lockhart.
It’s no real secret anymore that B.I.G. designed a few rhymes for Lil’ Kim during the beginning of her career. Any Hip-Hop head that claims to have love for the genre should be able to recite that fact to you faster than being able to explain what a Waka Flocka Flame is.
Ghostwriting isn’t a new thing anymore as more and more “Behind The Scenes” (BTS) writers/emcees are dropping dime on who actually puts the words together for some of your favorite tracks.
Doing an actual reference track for an artist so they know how the playback should sound after their take, well that’s a whole other ball of wax. It takes time. There are things you have to think about when doing it like; How do you you craft it vocally so that the masses as a whole don’t instantaneously know they didn’t write it completely or that you, the more well known artist, didn’t have very much to do with it at all?
Somehow BIG did it, cause in my neck of the woods, we all had a hunch but couldn’t all the way connect the dots on it.
Plus all the fellas (myself included) were paying more attention to
than who she sounded reminiscent of anyway.
So we’re posting this one we came across and yes we know it’s not new or anything as it surfaced on the inter-webs a couple years back but it stands to reason that someone somewhere wasn’t aware. Plus we basically just dig hearing Biggie say the lines much better than Kim, even if it is kinda weird to hear him say “Got buffoons eating my coochie, while I watch cartoons.”
Biggie Smalls – Queen B@#$H [Reference Track for Lil Kim]
All that aside, the track still remains today as part of the testament to his genius. Who truly knows where Hip-Hop would be now if he a/or any of our other beloved artists that have fallen to senseless violence, were still with us today? Until his and Tupac’s murders are completely solved, they will always remain as the most infamous unsolved crimes of our age brackets lifetime.
Biggie Bonus: Though we don’t normally like our Biggie tampered with, we do actually like a good Biggie Blend, if the DJ performing the audio surgery knows what the KCUF they doing. The mixmasters from Filth Presents… knew what they were doing for this Notorious 2001 blend. So here’s a stream of one of the tracks we really like and a D/L link so you can get yourself a copy.